37 days in New Jersey & New Mexico Itinerary

37 days in New Jersey & New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Drive:  15 min
1
Jersey City
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
2
Roswell
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Alamogordo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Albuquerque
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Santa Fe
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Taos
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
8
Jackson
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Cape May
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h
End: New York City

2
nights
Jersey City

Jersey City ©
Jersey City is the second-most-populous city in the U.S. On the 23rd (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Gateway National Recreation, thenstroll through Gunnison Beach, and then pause for some photo ops at Tear Drop Memorial. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Presby Iris Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Eagle Rock Reservation, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Jersey City trip itinerary builder.

New York City to Jersey City is an approximately half hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Roswell.

Things to do in Jersey City

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Sandy Hook, Presby Iris Gardens, Eagle Rock Reservation, Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Tear Drop Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Gateway National Recreation ©
Gateway National Recreation
Eagle Rock Reservation
Eagle Rock Reservation
Gunnison Beach ©
Gunnison Beach

3
nights
Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Roswell is known for museums, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at International UFO Museum and Research Center, admire the majestic nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park, explore the world behind art at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, and get to know the resident critters at Spring River Park and Zoo.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Roswell holiday builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Jersey City to Roswell takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Jersey City to Roswell. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Jersey City in May: highs in Roswell hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
International UFO Museum and Research Center ©
Bottomless Lakes State Park ©
Bottomless Lakes State Park
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art ©
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art

3
nights
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and Giant Dome. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room and explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant.

Plan trip to Carlsbad Caverns National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Carlsbad Caverns National Park can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

4
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Step out of the city life by going to White Sands National Monument and Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Alamogordo: Three Rivers Petroglyph Site (in Tularosa) and Ruidoso (Grindstone Lake & Noisy Water Winery). And it doesn't end there: stop by McGinn's PistachioLand, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alameda Park Zoo, see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, and get curious at International Space Hall of Fame.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo trip maker site.

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Alamogordo by car takes about 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Alamogordo can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Ruidoso, White Sands National Monument, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Highlights from your plan
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park ©
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Grindstone Lake ©
Grindstone Lake
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History

7
nights
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Get outdoors at Balloon Rides and Tingley Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, and see the interesting displays at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Albuquerque trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Albuquerque takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or take a bus. June in Albuquerque sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Coronado Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Balloon Rides
Tingley Beach ©
Tingley Beach

6
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Get outdoors at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and Bandelier National Monument. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos) and Fort Union National Monument (in Watrous). Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Hyde Memorial State Park. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, browse the exhibits of Liquid Light Glass, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe online trip planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Albuquerque in June, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Pecos National Historical Park, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Fort Union National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Pecos National Historical Park ©
Pecos National Historical Park

3
nights
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): cruise along High Road to Taos, thenexplore the world behind art at Blumenschein Home & Museum, thendelve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, and finally take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Twirl, thenpause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and then get a taste of life in the country at Philmont Scout Ranch.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Taos trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Fe in June: high temperatures in Taos hover around 83°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Taos

Scenic Drive Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Philmont Scout Ranch, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
High Road to Taos ©
High Road to Taos
Philmont Scout Ranch ©
Philmont Scout Ranch
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

2
nights
Jackson

Jackson ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the waterfront at Belmar Beach and then find something for the whole family at Six Flags Great Adventure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Freehold Raceway Mall and then walk around Grounds For Sculpture.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Jackson online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Taos to Jackson takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, train, and taxi. Traveling from Taos to Jackson, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Taos, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Jackson, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cape May.

Things to do in Jackson

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Freehold Raceway Mall, Belmar Beach, Grounds For Sculpture
Highlights from your plan
Grounds For Sculpture ©
Grounds For Sculpture
Belmar Beach ©
Belmar Beach
Six Flags Great Adventure ©
Six Flags Great Adventure

6
nights
Cape May

Cape May ©
Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to Cape May City Beaches and Sunset Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Ocean City Boardwalk (in Ocean City) and Atlantic City (Atlantic City Boardwalk, Caesars Atlantic City Casino, &more). There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape May Lighthouse, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cape May County Park & Zoo, have some family-friendly fun at Original Old Time Photo, and take in the waterfront at Wildwood Boardwalk.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cape May driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Jackson to Cape May takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Jackson in June: highs in Cape May hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Wildwood, Atlantic City, Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery, Sunset Beach, Ocean City Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Cape May City Beaches ©
Cape May City Beaches
Wildwood Beach ©
Wildwood Beach
North Wildwood Beach ©
North Wildwood Beach

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